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Mountaintop Removal in West Virginia

Case Number # 3713

Mountaintop removal is one of the most environmentally destructive activities in the country. The Army Corps of Engineers has issued permits for four mines that will dump millions of tons of rock and debris into nearby streams and valleys, burying them forever. The permits were issued without the required environmental studies and impact statements. On March 23, 2007, a federal judge agreed and rescinded the permits.

In February 2008, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the ruling by the judge. Earthjustice requested a rehearing by the full court, which denied the petition. Earthjustice has asked the Supreme Court to review the case.

Press Releases

Friday, February 13, 2009
Conservationists urging new administration to stop mountaintop removal coal mining
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Rule removes protections for streams, allows more mountaintop removal mining
Friday, October 17, 2008
Coalfield residents face continued destruction of their communities and natural resources
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Coal mining company forced to pay $20 million in fines for over 4,600 Clean Water Act permit violations
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Laws meant to safeguard communities, environment end up protecting polluter profits
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Residents successfully stop plans to bury streams, destroy homes in West Virginia
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Groups challenging proposal to bury more streams in West Virginia on heels of recent court victory
Monday, August 27, 2007
Energy company faces $2 billion in fines for contaminating water
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Proposal allows coal companies to ignore decades-old rule prohibiting stream destruction with a 'buffer zone'
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Groups support clean water enforcement case against company for violating the law